When Meredith Fenner stumbles onto a road, bleeding and obviously tortured, the police quickly connect her case to two other similar ones. A suspect, attorney Alex Mason, is quickly apprehended, and the case seems airtight. Between DNA evidence and his wife’s statements of his sexual sadism, even the reader is convinced he needs to be put away for good.
When Mason hires legendary criminal defense attorney Regina Barrister, we realize that the fight is far from over, but something seems slightly off about Barrister. She is experiencing periods of confusion and finds herself forgetting some of the most basic things. Her young associate, Robin Lockwood becomes alarmed as she occupies second chair on the Alex Mason case. Things about the case just don’t seem right, and the young attorney fears that her mentor is becoming a liability as the case unfolds.
Margolin shows us the evil side of many of his characters and makes us wonder who we can trust. Pimps, hookers, even a brutal policeman populates a novel that hits the reader in the gut and keeps on punching. On the other hand, Robin Lockwood shows us that the young and idealistic can often overcome overwhelming odds when put in an untenable situation.
Margolin will definitely grip you from the first chapter and hold on until the exhausting ending of a well written addition to his collection.
Publisher - Minotaur Books
Date of Publication - March 6, 2018